The majestic ambiance of Saudi Arabia has made an unforgettable impression on numerous visitors. Conor McGregor, the former two-division champion in the UFC, shares a similar experience, as he too is welcomed by the warm hospitality of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and captivated by its scenic beauty.
In this enchanting setting, he finds himself caught in a whirlwind of emotions, connecting his past and present journey as a fighter, while being interviewed by MMA journalist Mike Bohn for MMA Junkie.
Conor McGregor provides update on UFC return
In the interview with Bohn for MMA Junkie, he pondered about fighting in the Middle East, he said, ” His Highness put us, put myself and a Manny(Pacquiao) at the table together, in between His Excellency, and we were kind of chatting and having a little buzz. It seems like the way it’s going, myself and Manny(Pacquiao) were close to it at one stage. It was like a really deep, ongoing negotiation. So let’s see.”
McGregor has not fought since he broke his leg at UFC 264. McGregor’s fighting career has not been without hurdles. However, he remains optimistic about his return to the octagon. When asked about his future, he said, “It’s Octagon, and you know, April, they’re saying April now. I’m happy with April. I would have liked it earlier, but I have to be, you know, if I’m to be honest and be realistic, and for my fans, I want to put in a good run, you know, build myself back, and that’s it. It’s looking like April. Mixed martial arts.”
However, McGregor was visibly frustrated due to his hiatus. He lamented, “March is earlier than April. I’ve been kept from my life for almost three years now. Understand that. I came through what I came through. I’m sitting on an injury and a loss. You imagine what that is? You hear what Alexander Volkanovski said. I relate, you know what I’m saying? Like, let me return to my way of living. This is my job. So it’s beyond frustrating. And hopefully, we can come back.”
After the interview, Conor McGregor witnessed the iconic clash between Francis Ngannou and Tyson Fury. Against all expectations, Ngannou came close to defeating Fury and lost via a close split decision. Ngannou scored a knockdown over the lineal heavyweight champion in the third round of the bout.
Potential fighters for Conor McGregor’s comeback bout
When asked by the Bohn about his potential opponents for his comeback. He said, “It’s whoever they want, I’ll never say no to no one. Yeah, so (Michael) Chandler is what it seems to be. It does not matter to me as long as I get back in there.”
Michael Chandler and Conor McGregor coached as rivals in the recent The Ultimate Fighter reality series which was the series’ 31st season. It is very likely that Chandler and McGregor are gonna headline the UFC PPV in April which would be UFC 300.
Chandler is not the only possible opponent for McGregor. There are rumors swirling about Justin Gaethje, the BMF champion, and Islam Makhachev, the UFC lightweight champion. However, Dana White has publicly stated that Chandler would be in line to face McGregor.
The list of fighters that McGregor has called out on X includes Alexander Volkanovski from featherweight division to Brad Tavares at middleweight division. Nevertheless, fans are very hyped to see the matchup between two explosive fighters, Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler.
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